Zimbabwe's health system cracks: Babies are born on the floor

Zimbabwe's health system cracks: Babies are born on the floor

- Zimbabwe's healthcare sector is on the brink of collapse due to doctor strikes, ill-equipped hospitals and a critical shortage of medical supplies

- Amid the crisis, a 69-year-old woman has opened up her township home to deliver 250 babies over a two-week period

- While some have hailed the gogo as a saint, others shared their reservations as she is unqualified and infants may have been exposed to infection

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The Zimbabwean healthcare system is in tatters following a turbulent period in the country.

Briefly.co.za gathered that most of the issues stem from a lack of resources, which is having a ripple effect.

The government is paying junior medics less than $200 per month, which has prompted a massive strike from hundreds of medical personnel.

According to eNCA, senior doctors have described state facilities as a death trap and are fearing a "slow genocide".

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Amidst the crisis, one elderly woman has offered a beacon of hope by opening up her heart and home to those in need.

Esther Gwena has come to the aid of poor pregnant women by delivering 250 infants over a two-week period.

Although unqualified, Gwena has been delivering the babies at her two-room flat in Mbare township.

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News of Gwena's exploits spread quickly and the 69-year-old has been described as a modern-day Florence Nightingale.

ZBC reported that First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa has thrown her weight behind Gwena by donating food, blankets and detergents.

Gwena has also received a tent to accommodate waiting patients.

While Gwena has been hailed as a hero, Director of medical services Prosper Chonzi feels that the healthcare situation needs to improve urgently to prevent desperate people from turning to the likes of Gwena.

Doctors have also warned that Gwena could be exposing mothers, babies and herself to infection due to the unsanitary conditions.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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